Inequalities resources

Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different groups of people. The term can also refer to differences in the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy lives. Examples of health inequalities include people living in more affluent areas experiencing longer life expectancy, or more years of good health, than people living in the most deprived areas. Or the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities or severe mental ill health being substantially shorter than average. Or gender based violence being experienced unequally, with more women than men having experienced the use of force from a partner or ex-partner at some point in their lives.

A Suffolk Health Inequalities dashboard has been produced by the Public Health and Communities team at Suffolk County Council. The dashboard contains data about a range of topics that can be used to highlight where health inequalities exist in Suffolk. Each page of the dashboard presents indicators at a different geographical level, starting with the whole of Suffolk, then looking at districts and boroughs, and finally local area maps. The final page gives indicator definitions and further details to help understand and interpret the data.

You can view the dashboard below or click this link to see the dashboard full page.  


The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities have produced some resources to identify health inequalities, including: 

  • a national Health Inequalities dashboard which presents evidence of health inequalities in England,
  • the SEGMENT tool, which provides information on the causes of death and age groups that are driving inequalities in life expectancy at local area level.